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thin shell and now lethargic with droopy comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beckadidi, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Beckadidi

    Beckadidi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All:
    My chicken is in her first season and in the past week began laying shell-less or weak shelled eggs. Tonight she is in the bottom of the coop and her comb is droopy. Two others in the flock are laying and two are molting. What should I do to help her?
     
  2. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you find help somewhere? To me, sounds like maybe worms. Hope you got some answer before this one, anyway! Is she okay?
     
  3. Beckadidi

    Beckadidi Out Of The Brooder

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    She died the next day :(
     
  4. Girl Henrietta

    Girl Henrietta New Egg

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    Condolences MM on the loss of your hen; but if you don't mind,I would like to know what kind of
    food your hen was on, and was it organic? Or, NoN-GMO?

    Thank you,
     
  5. Beckadidi

    Beckadidi Out Of The Brooder

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    They were fed organic pellet ration from our local farm supply store. Everyone else in the flock was fine. One girl went through such a heavy molt that she was staggering around for a bit. I increased their protein and she recovered.
     
  6. Girl Henrietta

    Girl Henrietta New Egg

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    Oh, I thought the condition might be related to diet; but, I guess not. Have you tried the "Chicken Chick" for advice? Albeit after the fact, it might help just as a good measure. Here's the "Chicken Chick's" Facebook, just in case you have not ever heard of her: https://www.facebook.com/TheChickenChick
    A few years's ago, one of her roos had a weird disease. She has a vast knowledge of chicken cures. She might help you.

    OH btw, does Talent, OR limit you to a minimum # of birds? Talent is #1 on my list of Southern Oregon communities to look at for a rental this Spring. I haven't lived in a community in SoCal where I can have backyard chickens since 1961! I love chickens!
     
  7. Beckadidi

    Beckadidi Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe Talent limits folks to one chicken per 1000 square feet of property.
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Even though this is an old thread, she possibly could have been egg bound, or had some sort of reproductive disorder. There have been cases of egg yolk peritonitis in hens under 1 year, although it tends to affect older hens normally. Sometimes doing a necropsy at home to just open up the abdomen will get some clues on a cause of death. You can look at the intestines inside and out, look for any stuck eggs, tumors, or infection in the abdomen. My only necropsy on a hen so far showed a gizzard blockage that caused death after looking normal in just 2 days. Sorry for your loss, Beckadidi.
     

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